Teegan Macleod, Staff Writer
This year’s Oscars boasts a great deal of talent. It has been a few years since I’ve had so many favorites and many have been nominated for multiple awards. However, at the end of the day, someone must take home the award. These are my picks for 6 of the categories: Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Picture.
For Best Picture, I am firmly behind the film Moonlight. It was far and away the greatest film to come out this awards season. It tells an incredible story in three chapters about the life of a gay black man named Chiron from childhood through adulthood. Every moment of the movie is utterly captivating and every facet of it works to create a beautiful work of art. With that in mind, I am also picking Barry Jenkins for Best Director and Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor. Mahershala Ali gives an unbelievable performance in the film as Juan, a drug dealer who takes care of Chiron as a child. Ali gives new life to the too often marginalized role of the drug dealer with a heart of gold. Barry Jenkins, as writer and director, created a masterpiece with Moonlight, I will make no bones about it. I cannot express enough how incredibly beautiful it is as well as the subject matter being very important. Moonlight is a film that reflects the time in which it is made in a beautiful and unforgettable way.
I think Moonlight deserves every single Oscar that it is nominated for, except for, Best Supporting Actress. That award I believe belongs to Viola Davis for her role in Fences. I also believe that Denzel Washington deserves the Best Actor Oscar for Fences. The two of them give unbelievable performances that drive the movie and make it an amazing experience. They deserve to win the awards together because they both heighten each other’s performances. Take one away and the other would not be as good in my opinion. They play off each other in such a way that they bring the art of acting to new and incredible levels.
There are many other awards categories that I have opinions about but these are, in my mind, the essential ones. Hopefully we will see a shift this year towards a more diverse winner’s circle.